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Welcome Students, Parents, Teachers, Counselors, Administrators and anyone interested in STEM education

Here you will find information and resources to guide you through the Iowa Project Lead The Way (PLTW) program. See the opportunities PLTW delivers to a growing number of young men and women.

PLTW is truly a K-12 solution!

PLTW Launch

K-5 students are introduced to the wonders of science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM)

PLTW Gateway

Middle school students learn that there is more than one way to reach a solution

PLTW Engineering

High school students learn to innovate, think critically, and collaborate to solve problems

PLTW Computer Science

Tomorrow's technologies, learned today

PLTW Biomedical Science

Bring the future of the biomedical sciences alive

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Applications for 2015-16 STEM Scale-Up Programs Now Open
Apply today, Monday, January 26, 2015 through Monday, March 9, 2015. Eligible Project Lead The Way courses: Launch (elementary), Gateway Design & Modeling (DM) and Automation & Robotics (AR), Principles of Engineering (POE), and Computer Science & Software Engineering (CSE).

PLTW Readiness Training Registration Opens Feb. 2, 2015
Readiness Training, the first phase of PLTW's three-phase professional development, is designed to introduce teachers to Project Lead The Way and the activity-, project-, and problem-based instructional approach that our curriculum utilizes. In addition, Readiness Training will introduce participants to specific courses and the software that is relevant to those courses. Participants engage in Readiness Training, available at no cost, through the myPLTW Learning Management System (LMS).

Successful completion of Readiness Training serves as a prerequisite to Core Training registration.

2015-2016 Scale-Up Program Updates and Proposed Timeline
The Governor's STEM Advisory Council will keep the current ten providers for a second year and open up a small Request for Proposal (RFP) cycle to bring in up to five additional programs to appear on the educator menu in spring of 2015. The Council, depending on responses to the RFP, may target areas of emphasis to be favored such as computer science, mathematics, life science, career awareness, interdisciplinarity, etc.

The RFP cycle closed on December 12, 2014, and programs are being reviewed.

PLTW Launch Building-Level Readiness Training Update
PLTW released an enhanced PLTW Launch Building-Level Readiness Training course on Dec. 1, 2014. This new course simplifies the enrollment process by allowing teachers to self-enroll. Instead of having a course that is specific to each PLTW Launch school, all PLTW Launch teachers will self-enroll in the same PLTW Launch Building-Level Readiness Training course. Lead Teachers as well as Classroom Teachers will be students in the new course.

Are you interested in serving as a Master Teacher during the 2015 Core Training Institutes?
The application window for Master Teachers (new and returning) will open on Monday, Dec. 8. Please consider pursuing candidacy for a 2015 Summer Core Training Institute appointment. A general outline of the application process for both returning and new Master Teachers can be found under "Professional Development" on the pltwiowa.org website.

Student Rostering for 2014-15 School Year is Now Open!
Rostering for the 2014-15 school year is now open! All PLTW Launch, PLTW Gateway, PLTW Engineering, PLTW Computer Science, and PLTW Biomedical Science students need to be rostered by the PLTW District Administrator, School Administrator, or Principal. Once students are rostered, teachers can enroll them into the PLTW Learning Management System (LMS).

Get Certified in Leading 3-D Design Software Programs From Autodesk
Certiport and Autodesk have teamed with PLTW to expand access to industrial certification.

Competition for the 2015 Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching (PAEMST) is Now Open!
If you know great math and science teachers, nominate them for this prestigious award!

2014-15 PLTW Assessment Guide
This can also be found under "College Credit/Assessment"

PLTW Assessment Program Update: Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) Released Sample End of Course (EoC) Items
As promised, the PLTW Assessment Program has rolled out the Introduction to Engineering Design (IED) released sample End of Course (EoC) items. These released items will provide both teachers and students with an opportunity to experience the types of questions that are found on the EoC assessment, as well as understand the level of rigor of the EoC.

NEW: TeachIowa.gov - Iowa's Marketplace for Education Jobs Now Under "Resources" Tab
Learn more about PLTW job openings in the State of Iowa

STEM Education Award for Inspired Teaching
Did you know that for every 3.4 STEM jobs in Iowa, there is only one STEM-qualified job seeker? And over the next 10 years, the number of STEM-related jobs will increase by 16 percent! Filling these roles with qualified candidates is crucial to Iowa’s economic growth, and it all starts with inspiring students to pursue STEM fields. The Governor’s STEM Advisory Council and Kemin have teamed up to honor teachers who are inspiring Iowa’s students to develop a passion for STEM subjects. We want you to nominate a STEM educator who understands this need and motivates students to succeed in STEM.

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